There are few movies I am still thinking about several days after seeing them. One such movie is Of Gods and Men, the superb French movie about the martyrdom of seven French Cistercians from the small monastery of Notre Dame de l'Atlas in Algeria in 1996, in the midst of the Algerian civil war. This movie was a sensation in France, playing to large audiences and winning numerous awards, but it did not earn even an Oscar nomination, perhaps because it presents such a positive view of Christianity, showing us men who live out the hardest parts of the Faith, the parts about forgiveness and loving your enemies and taking up your Cross.
I will not say more, since George McCartney is reviewing the film for an upcoming issue of the magazine (June). But if you have the chance to see Of Gods and Men, you should take it.
Thomas Piatak is a contributing editor to Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He writes from Cleveland, Ohio.